From pineapple salsa to pineapple upside-down cake, many enjoy pineapple as a sweet treat. According to Alexandra Avery Purely Natural Body Botanicals, bromelain (pineapple enzymes) also “digests and lifts dead skin cells and softens debris in pores.” Here are some benefits of using pineapple soap.
1 cup of fresh pineapple chunks (165 grams) has 131 percent of the daily recommended vitamin C value. This vitamin helps produce collagen, a protein that aids in repairing the skin.
Dead Skin Cells
Pineapple has high concentrations of malic and citric acid. These acids in pineapple soap help lift and wash away dead skin cells, revealing brighter skin.
Bromelain, a pineapple enzyme, softens proteins and thereby loosens pore debris for deeper cleansing when used in soap.
Some patients topically apply pineapple enzymes to help speed healing of bruises, sprains and strains and treat swelling, tenderness and pain.
Some health practitioners use pineapple enzymes topically, such as in soaps, as alternative medicine to relieve pain from types of arthritis. They claim that pineapple enzymes function much like an anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen.
Some soaps are made with synthetic pineapple fragrance oil and therefore don’t have the same healthful enzyme properties as real pineapple. Also, when using pineapple soap, apply sunscreen as your skin can sunburn more easily due to the acidity. Cooking pineapple removes much of the bromelain.
References and ResourcesAlexandra Avery Purely Natural Body Botanicals
Health Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapples: Nature's Healing Fruit